Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colour | Product Review & Swatches

I think anyone who's been reading my blog for a while now (or following me on Instagram or Twitter) has probably realised that I'm completely obsessed with nail polish. I paint my nails at least twice a week, and refuse to use the same shade twice in a row, so my selection is, unsurprisingly, a little bit on the large side. That's why, when I find a brand that I like, it's a big deal...and I end up buying as many shades as I can.
'Uptown Blue' from this range (otherwise known as Maybelline ColorStay) made a huge splash in the blogosphere, this summer (and for good reason - how gorgeous is that shade?), but it was the formula that impressed me most. Working in retail means very few polishes last more than a day or so, chip-free, but the Forever Strong shades are the exception to this rule; they last at least 3-4 days, the formulas are fast-drying, and the brushes allow for quick, two-stroke application. What else could you ask for?

I only have two real problems with this range, all in all; 1, the shade selection is far from ideal. There are some stand-out colours, but not the best selection in the world. 2, they can be a bit of a pain to hunt down. I couldn't find any in-store at my local Boots, and ended up having to order from Superdrug online. Not exactly the worst crimes in the world, but I do like being able to pop in to a store on my lunch break for a new shade.
Maybelline Forever Strong Super Stay Gel Nail Colours are available from Superdrug online, here, for £4.49.
What's your favourite long-lasting nail colour?
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Body Shop 'Matte It' Skin Primer | Product Review

The Body Shop Matte It Primer
I've never been able to pull off the 'dewy skin' look (another reason to wish I was more like Millie Mackintosh); any trace of shine on my face just makes me look oily, for some reason, so I'm all about keeping my skin make up as matte as possible. Matte foundation and mattifying powders never quite held all day, for me, though, and although I fell in love, hard, with Sephora's Anti-Shine foundation primer (here), frequent trips to Paris are unfortunately not in my budget, and I ended up having to find a more easily-accessible alternative.
The Body Shop Matte It Primer Review
A few months ago, whilst taking advantage of my local 'student shopping night' in The Body Shop (read: buying all the body butter I could carry for the 20% discount), I came across this little treasure - 'Matte It' skin primer - and haven't looked at another since. Hourly powder touch-ups (and the horrible 'cakey' look they tend to lead to) are a thing of the past, and I only ever need to manage my t-zone once or twice a day, tops, even with the least matte foundations. It smooths over the pores and creates the most even base of any primer I've used, and although the £12 price tag did make me hesitate a little, at first, a tiny dot goes a long way, so it lasts ages.
I can't recommend it enough for anyone who favours a matte look, whether your skin's oily or just has a natural shine to it - it's incredible!
The Body Shop 'Matte It' Skin Primer has a retail price of £12, and is available from The Body Shop Stores nationwide, or on their website, here.
Are you a fan of the dewy look, or is matte your go-to for bases?
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